at LAS on 11 March 2020
Leysin American School Educational Research (LASER) invites you and your students to join us for our upcoming “Globe Day” student conference on Wednesday, 11 March 2020, from 10:00 to 14:30.
Globe Day 2020 will be our sixth annual student conference, where young people present their projects and listen to short keynote speeches by scholars. A half-dozen other schools have been coming each year, bringing around 60 students and teachers, many of whom present their own projects, for a total of well over 200 participants. We continue to expand Globe Day to include additional schools, which provides a more meaningful experience for everyone.
We call it “Globe Day” because the concept springs out of NASA’s Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, a citizen science program that aims to put student-collected environmental data into the hands of scientists for the benefit of both–and of the planet.
Our Globe Day themes have expanded well beyond science. Besides projects from science classes and citizen science by students, we embrace world challenges as inspired by GIN (the Global Issues Network), Odyssey of the Mind, service projects from clubs, and art and social studies projects that explore diverse aspects of the human experience and of nature. The core of Globe Day is student participation in a conference of their peers. The conference motivates students as they investigate their world and then distill their findings into a presentation for their fellow students, whether it’s a conference poster, a slideshow, a video, a painting, or something else (dance? music? theater?–we can accommodate many types of exposition).
If you’d like to learn more about the educational value of student presentations, I recommend the 2-minute trailer to the Most Likely To Succeed Film.